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NOVEMBER

1971

VOLUME ' II NUMBER

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Father, ~e thank Thee

For re8t and 8heZter of the night

For

Father, ~e thank Thee

he al t.h and food,· for l . ov e and friends

For everything Thy good~ess 8€nds

Father, in heaven, ~e thank ~ee.

RaZph WaZdo Emerson

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-- -- ~ ditori al Views --- - --

This is your mag azine. If you do n ot

it is b e cause you nor

find it interesting

no one else fram yo u r area has turne d in

any articles. '

you

Wene ed articles

and o nly ,

can help. You do n ot have to be a pr0 -

fessional writer (none of us are), but of course we will certain l y accept artic les f ra m professional writ ers and lecture rs. What is your church d oing? What is our ca mnunity doing in yo ur part of the c ou n-

try ? What is your Sta t e doing about u n fair

l aws or are they doin g nothing? An d of

c ourse articles

and

of a r eligious nature

sermons are always need e d an d w el c ome . This mo nth we have s ta rted

t h i s

m ean t ' to be '

a column that is cal . Ledt'One Ma n' s Opinion."

And gi r ls,

column for men , in fact the f ir st ar ticle is by a female . All a nd a ny of y o u that ' have ideas , on contempora r y iss u e s about

a

is not

new

the

laws or even th e F ederal electio ns.

c hurch,

o ur carrnunity ,

your State

Our

only r estric t i on s

must' be of a po s itive nat ure. We get, torn

down enough by o ther s , ' w e

want to tea r dOwneach other . - .

are tha t these a rt ic l e s

d o not need o r

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O N EMAN'S.

upIDlon by Pat Rardin

WHATHAVEWETO BE THANKF ULFOR?

What do we who are de scriminated a- ga inst and harressed have to be thankf ul

for ? We should be thankf ul that we h a v e

the oppo r tunity to change i t. That i s

we simply stop sitting aro und ca np lain ing

and get out there and do a little work.

Los An g el es

ther e is a man, a man who has spent ma ny

if

As an

example, here in

our benefit . H e has already stated that he will vote for t h e BrownconcentiOg adult s bill . He als o has said that there should

be a law on th e b ooks s ta t i ng that there

must be a co r r o b ora t ing witness who is not

connected wit h the police in any way on

all vice arrest . He stated also that th ere should not be desc r i mination against g a ys in the way of job s. or in the way of le g -

ally getting mar r ie d.

He has publica lly

(and with the new s media present) st ated

that he wants th e ga y carrnunity su pport •

He has thus ture on the

Vote, of

course.

and talk

But equ a l ly important, chec k out

laid h is whole political lin e fo r us.

fu -

What can we do for him?

to all

future candidates for

year s

getting ready for

a c areer in poli t -

S tate Office . Th is one man can't do it

get himself ele cted,

elected who will· support him and

but ' to get

ot hers

ics. How? Well in high sch ool he was the s t u d e n t body president, he g raduated fr am

alone. He needs our support, not onl y t o

California State Colleg e at Los A ng el es ,

thus sup -

h as recei v ed his master 's degree in publi c

port us. He is th e beginning and we s ho u ld

a dministration fram the University of

be thankful

brave stand,

S

o uthern California, was k ey campaign ai de

must also

for h i s reali ze

that he

b u t we the

is just

for the late

Senator Rob ert Kennedy , ha s

beginning.

 

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bee n Administrative Assist ant to the Cali f-

Yes thank G od there

ar e

some

pr0-

orn ia Assembly Majority Le ader, and spe a r -

gressive, libe ral politicians , but also

headed the successful S tate Senatorial

remember t h at G od

helps those who he l p

cam p ai gn for Senator David Roberti .

themselves.

H e 's had the schooli ng

and about as

m uch t raining

ua l ly h o l ding office him self and he al so

has th e brains to g o g et t o , run for office

vacanc y . ' Senator Robe rti

m an f ra m his district , until he became a

Senator. So n C ?Wwe have a man who is qualif i ed. Next w e may ask what ca n he do for us? He c a n vo te favorably and ~ troduc~ bills far

as he

can g et without a c t-

with it. O n e way t o

i s to

a was the~sernbl > -

" create"

I ha v e us ed a S tate

Ass em blyman ' as an

example, but t h e same thing holds tr ue whether we a re talking about State, Ci ty or Federal electi ons. It is just that s a n e of them wil l take a little mare work t o get them elect ed. Wemight also thank God that we l i v e in a count r y where we can have sanething to say about who our elected officials ar e and about what l aw s should be on the book s.

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[VIEWPOINT

by C. 5ha w n Farrell

More and more it is becorting app a r e nt that many people who are m e mbers o f the

hemophile car r nunity are "dropouts" .

sane strange unknownreason it is n o lo ng-

For

er necessa r y

race - -the spe c ies of "Hono Sapiens" , if w e a re gay . Is it ar :y wonder that m a n v of o ur friends find life unbearable - - f o r su rely the statem en t "No man is an island" c an be applied he r e .

to be

a part

of the

h u m a n

W h e no ne ' s t otal

identificat ion

l ie s

merely w ithin t h e scope of homos ex u al i ty ,

a ghet t o? A ghetto is a small isla n d of hu m- anity ex isting in an isolated area amids t

is this not

an island

--

for what i s

the

to t al of hu r nanity • Too often WEb u i l d

the

ghetto th a t we sav others fo r ce u s in-

to, by our u nwillin~ess

selves

to accept our-

as a total

human being, of wh ic h

our sexuality is but a

WHOLEOF OURBEING. Too often is the cry raised, "Accept

me as I am - -" Fine! A truly mar v el ou s idea -- un less you are saying "Accep t me

BECAUSEI ' m hcmosexual;"

case then what of the rest of the world? Do we accept our neigbor because he's a decent chap and pleasant to be around -- or reject him b e cause he cannot dwell with in that magic circle of "being gay"? Perhaps the problem lies within each of us in our relationship with ourselves. We -- as individuals weigh al l of mankind by our a-m standards. \'!e are the yards t ick by which all are measured. Our emotions are the very scales upon which we bas e t he emotions of those we cane in contac t w it h each day of our lives. So - - if I do n ot accept myself as a total human being with a valid reason for existing how can I possibly accept anyone else as a total human being? If we, as hanose xua ls , rely on our sexualitv for self-ident i fi - cation , then most assuredly we will jud ge all men by the i r sexuality. Is tha t w h at we want to do ? Do we became as the rest of society has b een for generations st atin g flatly that our sexuality sets us apa rt , makes us u nique i n same way? What ridic u-

part - NO T' mE

If this

is

the

cou l d l ead

that only h a nosexu a ls t r uly apprecia t e t he

real

reasoning would allow us to think that n o

lous philosphy

us to

belie ve

beauty in life?

What warped se n s e of

If-

-Retur n

C. Shawn Far r e l l

h eterosex u al c o uld paint or wri te or be

s ensitive to the beauty of a Mozart son a t a?

Se ~uality

has never been the d e g r ee

by

whl . ch one measures art or beaut y -or s en -

si tivity. S urely the problens

that ha v e con-

f ' ror r t e d other minori ty g rou ps in

fi g ht for equality m ust hav e t a ught us

sa n eth in g . Whenany man, unfa i r l y used j be- gi ns to assert himself to . the po int of

s t a t in g he h a s He h as

a n d use d it blindly and will i n tim e de-

fe a t his a - m

b ette r

become one with those who us ed him.

the sword of his o ppressor

their

that he is better

ta k en

tha n ot h e r men,

purpose. H e w ill beca ne no

than his oppressor; an a r r ogant

an i mal w ithout love for sel f or f or any

othe r of G od's creatur e s.

I t would almost seem a t this po i n t f ind myself :i1 the po s iti on o f co m -

k noen as

the

"Devil' s Adv o c ate"

reli g iou s

expe rien ces. too, fi n d it

at t : imes to

have my mo tives

searc h my

t h at I mo nl y

w ith i n . the Ronan Catholic Church wher e I

ha d my earlies~

Perhap s this is good, for I,

ne ce ss ary

q u e s ti o ned - that I might bette r

own soul.

. A s this season of Thanksgivin g r i ses

b ef or e us let us be truly than kf u l -- NOT f or our harosexuality, but for th e lov e of PJmight y God , to w h a n our sexua lity is b u t

a S MALLpart of ou r total

being.

l et us

s ay "Thank Go d, I am" , and put our sexual-

L et

us g et off of the "soapbox of se x" a n d clim b aboard the "bandwJgonof Ch r i st" .

i ty back into it s proper perspecti ve .

to

Lif e--

H owca n we p oss i bly en v is ion Heaven as a

fo ur-post e r bed, with S t. Peter

as "Keeper

of the L i ne n? Let u s i n st e ad be tha nkful to H im woo ma d e ALLm a nk i nd i n His :imag e, that there

arep e o p le in the wor l d who believe that a l l are His child r en -- regardless of

creed o r co lor or relig ion or sexual pref- erence .

C h ris t

s a i d ,

" C a n e

unto me ALLye

tha t l a bor and are heavy laden give y ou rest."

and I will

I n that p assage

do you see

one ~

deal ing with sexualit y -- gay or straight?

He s ai d , ItALL!" If y ou

said then truly you ha ve much to be thank- ful fo r e ach and every d ay.

Le t 's p a s s tha t love -- that gift

peace a n d jo y on to eve ry single human be- ing in th is world . Le t's rejoin the human race !

believe what He

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• An d the struggling

t My famiZy grows; just rea d t he l ist

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symphonies you'Z 1, hear!

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t Th e song began when Ted and Le e

! Wer e strumming softZy. sUJeetZy.• • Th eir harpe of Love, The chords I hea r d : And was enmeshed compZeteZy.

i i.· With muted strings. the vioUns

f SpeZZbound. I heard again

+ And R andy. Dean and Jerry came

Picked up the sUJeet refrain.

There's Hal, and Lark; there 'e Tr oy and Ron

That meZody of God's great L ov e

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i Ian. Jim. and Scott and Mike. Wit h instruments in tune

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BOOK REVIEW

by Pat Rardin

GOD'S WARRIOR

As Dr. Frank Slaughter states in h i s

author's notes , "' The Road to Bithynia' was the story of Luke and was based almost

completely upon traditional

material.

Everyth in g pertaining

novel was also f:rom those

materials. However, in writing a bio-

graphi c a l novel , as this book is , ever y

effort

as B i blical scholarship and research a llow

the actual facts of the life

usi n g the traditional material as little

as possible . " Dr . Slaughter ' s book starts

Paul is in h i s late teens.

~his

loca l . synagogue in Tarsus can and is o ork -

ing . i n his fathe r' s tent making shop . He

de:1des he ph 11 osophy

ersi ty i n Tarsus. He studies there for al-

most a year, but finally leaves when he thinks that the "Greek thought" is under- mining his faith in God. The only place

where he could get a higher and better ed - ucation , in the Jewish tradition , is in Jerusalem. So Paul heads for Jerusalem .

. In Jerusalem he pick i s one of the more liberal teachers and spends most of his t i me with the more liberal Jews of the

~iaspora " . His father suddenly

111 and his brother-in-law says it happen- ed because of his sins (asscciating with the liberal teachers and Jews) . He returns to Tarsus and takes complete charge of his father ' s tent making business. He a l so because he believes he is the cause of hi ~ father ' s i llness , dedicates his life to God .

to

Paul

in

tha t

same traditiona l

has been made to fo l low , as c l osely

of Pau l .

Imd '

o u t when

Paul h as at as high l y a~ the

time, been educated

wants to learn so m eth i ng of and so enters the Greek Univ -

becomes very

After

his father recovers and per-

suades him that it is nonsense about him causing his fa ther's illness, he returns to Jerus a lem . He b ecomes a "teacher" in the synagogue of t h e Libertines (freed sla v es) ~ his eloquent sennons bring him to. the norace c;f the chief Priest,Caiaphas . Ca1ap~s has him put in t o the highest and most ampor - tarrt school , scribe school of the Sanhedrin , a n d uses him as a personal

spy.

B

B ecause h e wants

to become a m an of

the l a w ( l awyer), he goes t o t he tr i al of

Step h en . T

here he is a . li ttle p u zzl e d be-

ca use no o n e actually proves that Stephen ha s broken the law, but he o b eys Caiaphas

and go es a long

w at c h th e robe s of the too w i tnes ses . Pa ul ' s persecution of tho se very

ea r l~ Ch r is ti ans was

To hJJIl , as a t e acher and a stu de nt of the l a w, t hey wer e e n ti c ing p e ople aw:ty fran t he ot her sy na g ogu es (inclu di n g the one he taug~t in ) a nd gaining me m bersby circum -

verrtang the law. H e h ad san e doubts . after seei n g S tephen die s o p r oudly ,' but

believed so h e artil y

obeying the law that h e ju s t keeps shoving

t hos e do u bts out of his mind , Those d oubts'are shortly shown again when Jesus sta tes to hi m " It is hard . for

you t o kick

bl~ding was ~ o g iv e h i m time

think, . to medi . t ate and p r ay . To bring

everythmg he k new

to the st o ning i n order- to

very sinc e r ely meant.

that t hey were dis-

agains t

th e goad . "

Paul's

to really

abo ut the Christians

out into the

ope n p art

o f h i s mind and ex-

amine i t,

t o

see whi c h w as more Impor - tarrt; '

Jesus or

the

L aw.

After lea vi ng D am asc u s , Paul gets a very bad attack o f h is r e-occurin , g fever

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~probab l y ma la r ia) and is left in Petra by

the c a r a van le ader . T he r e he meets Ma ry

Magdalan e an d,

life o f J es us. A ft er sp ending several 100- nths the re t he g oe s b ack to Damascus.

f ran her ,learns much of th e

to Jerusalem t o

speak t o P et er a nd Jam es. Then b a ck t o

Fr a n Da m a s c u she g oe s

Tarsus t whe r e he wo rk s i n the tent makin g shop to supp o rt himself a nd his,now, w i d -

owed motn er , Se v eral y e ars later ,

the death of his mothe r ,

a traveling missionary , s p reading the W or d

of Christ . After so m an y times

rejected by the Jews , he finally end s u p

g o ing only t o t h e G entil es .

only to th e Ge n t i l es, h e insists that he

must preach under s t a nd .

a f te r out as

he starts

of b ei n g

A n d in goin g

w ill

t o them in a way they

This means that he no lon ger

teaches a b o ut t he L a w o r the P r oph e ts.

gradually changes hi s Me ssage un t il in t he end he substitutes t w o si m p le p r ecepts for the Law: "f i rst , to lo ve G od, and , seco n d

to lo v e our neighb or as oursel v es . " This " new " t eaching s tarts a r if t

his friendship . w i t h Barn abas . Barnabas a nd

Paul end u p b y sp l i t t i n g up , each goin g

He

i n

their

way.

trcubles

own way a n d t e a c hi ng in their o wn

within th e chur ches he start ed,

At this t i me P au l b lames Peter for

but years later

had nothing to do with i t .

In Corinth the Jews h ave Paul arr e st - ed a.rxi brought before th e R anan Gover nor, Gallic . This , however -, ba ckfires and, by Ronan law, Christia n ity becanes j ust an - other Jewish sect. T his was a def i n i te victory because the Ron a n L aw decreed tha t there could not be any new leligions form-

ed or started. And so on

and countries , Paul goe s , A lways' teac hing the Word to the Gentiles . Finally when the Mo t h er C hurc h i n Jerusalem is almost star v i ng , P aul gat her s money fran all the chur c h e s he started an d goes to Je r usalem. To show the more ort h o - dox Jews that he is st ill ,y ery much a J ew , he starts going throu g h a c l e ansin g cere- 1OOny.During this he is s eized and tra m e q on a blasphemy charg e . RgnIn soldiers re s- ,< . cue h i m fran th e 1OOb . B e cause he was bor n a Ranan citizen, he appe als to Rane and s o after spending seve r al y ea rs in man y pris - ons (where he wri t es mo s t of his letter t o his various churche s ) he is f inally, by the Ranans, beheaded . H e is b e he aded on th e

charge of trea s on r e cause he states, " I proclai m my l o y a l ty t o Ca esar and to R a re in earthly matte r s , b ut i n things conce rn-

ing the Spirit a nd G od , my allegiance to Christ ."

he finds

out that

P et e r

th rough the year s

i s

, , "

O RDAI N ED AS MIN I S TER - Sadie,. Labrad o r re t rie V!f t

belo ngi n g to the Cha rles Thurber famU~ of T erre 1 J n~

Calif . , n o r t h of San Franclscc; has been ordam~d as a . ~

i s t er of t he fait h for Hilltop Bouse Chw:ch ill S /iUl Rafa~

Her n a me and $1 5 were submitted by .~ Bett er

Burea u o f S an F ran c i s co through a D~WSp8p$l' a dver tis.r

m en t a nd by retu rn mail, Sadie received her o wn " Ce~·

fica te of Ordinatio n." Needless to say, ¥chbi s h op BeD ,. Gay , dire cto r of the church , ill a bit eabarra ssed .

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Sunday: 7:30 PM

A MEDITATION FOR

"unto thee 0 GO d # do we giv e thanks#

unto thee do ~ give Thank s#

is neaP# thy fJOnt:btousIJOl 'd s d eo ta r e, "

fo r thy Name

Psalm ' /6: 1 "Thanks be unto God foz t his uns p eak-

able gift."

2 COP. 9:15

I t is the time

of t he year

when ou r

sp ecial seasons of ho lidays are nea r',

first

ing Holiday.

Th e

one to approa ch u s is the ' I'h . : iflksgiv -

This i s a day set aside fo r

us to give Thanks to Al m ighty G o d f o r all

o f His wonderful bles si n gs .

sanewhat to think tha t we h a ve

sp ecial day to reme mber to Thank God for

al l His Blessings both Spiri tua1

Ear thly.

for m every day

fr an the

o pen cur eyes to the time we go to sleep .

the

tt down i n

w or d THANKSGIV : m;am have

It bothers me

to ha ve a

aM

It should be an act that we per -

first min u te w e

th e letters

:fron

I have taken

am aM to stard up

s isters,

for my brother s

am

that we -may learn to accept what

we are aM work ' toward the goal o f h aving

society accept Us, that we may be trea ted as equals.

A. STANDSFOR AI.MIGHI'Y.The One wh o wi l l

never leave met One who wi11 always watch

over me aM to Whan I can go

need, when all others seem to hav e forgot-

in tim e of

ten.

I

must thank God that He w i11 always

be

with

me no matter how many dis o wn me.

N.

STANDSFOR NATION S . That o ur prayers

are that all Nations will gathe r t o gether

as we Americans am the Irxiians di d on the first Thanksgiving in Peace aM I n Unity.

K. STANDSFOR KINLNESS. That I may learn

alw ay s

m en or not say

must p etition the Almi gh ty to h e lp me ard

I

to say kind words abo ut my fellow

anyt h ing a t a 1 1 . In this

that

I a m poor in at t i me s .

S . S TANDFSOR

in m y daily life,

Prai se and T h a nk sgi vi ng a nd t o a chieve the

ea ch day with

SALVATI ON .ThatI may strive

t o st a rt

writ ing the so man y ways that I am thank-

goal t ha t Almig h ty Go d has placed me 00

ful to Almighty God

for his

many

w o n :lr -

this ea r th f or, the goal o f H eaven.

o u s deeds.

I w:xl ld like to

shar e

this

lit tle

meditation

with

a11

my fellow

G

. ST ANDFORS GIVIN G .T hat

I may not

cnl . y

bro thers am sister s.

 

gi

ve in earth ly

m at t e rs bu t a ssist

in

giv-

T . STAN DFORS THA NKS . I thank God f o r g iving me am my s po u se what blessi n g s He h a s bestCMed upon us both in a sp iritua l wa y am a telllponll way. I th a nk hi m for li fe , for helping me fW my way to M C C and far our foorrler, Rev . Troy D. P erry. I t h ank Him that He h a s given me t h e power to see. hear and learn to be a goo d Chris-

tian

G od with my brothers

not foorxl the path to God. I thank Hi m for g iving me my spouse, the grea:test p ers o n , wh an I will cherish til l death.

and share this knailedge an:! lov e of

an:1 sisters,

woo have

H. STANDSFOR HOM OSD r u A L .I th an k Go d

that He has given me t h e grace w hat I am and not to b e af ra i d

to rea l ize of what I

B

i n g s pirit ua l

ass istanc e

t o my brothers

a M sisters

i n need.

I. STANDSFOR

fellCM brethren.

IN.

I n

U nity with

our

Psa lm 1 3 3 : 1 "Be hold hofI1

go o d and how pleasant

it is

fo . r bz t e thztlln

to dJAJeZZ togethezt in unity."

V. STANDSFaR

VOW S . I thank God

for per-

m itting

my spouse and that each da y I remember to

Thank Him for my spouse an d never lose confidence inHim and t o a lways keep my vows sacred and holy.

me to

take my Holy U n i ~n VCMSto

I. STANDSFOR IM P ORTAN CEThat. we may

always realize that our b r ethr e n arec,more important than material p o ssessions and

that throughout life' s joy s and sorrows the Love of OUI'bret h r en co unts a b ove all

o ther worldly consi de r a tions. thing we must give tha n k s .

In every-

N. S TANDSF O P NE- ED . I m us t . never stop

needing God, the C hurch, nor my s pouse.For

as a plant needs w a ter

n ee ds God,

the C hurch and my s p o u se t o grow till the Almi g hty calls me to my et er n a l reward ~ At

life,

t o g row so too my

which is like

a p la n t,

that tbne my nee d then its final growth.

will h a v e rea c hed

G

. S TAN DSF O RG RATI TUDE . W e s h o uld

show

our gratitude

to God, to ou r fou nder ,

Rev.

Troy D. Perry, to OUI'in divi du a l pastors,

deacons, and church o f fi c ers

that spend

their time

and their

l i ve s

in spreading

. the word of God within OUI 'conmmi . ty , of

the

apprecderted and that . wher e v~ we may be

of assistance

Gratitude to Almighty G od s hould be will-

ing to give help spread

Universal Fellowship of M. C.

to them,

t ha t

C. is

in

we too

of oUI'selve s What is asked, to the word of G od.

My brothers

and sis te rs

this

is

my

meditation to share with yo u.

on this

remem b er to share OUI'bl es sin gs

b rothers and sist e rs.

w i ll b ear

l i v es s h o uld be a day of Thanksg i v ing, not

t hat we have to have one day a ye ar and be remi n ded to give th a n ks to Alm i gh ty G od.

I pray that

of us

will

day that

each

o ne

with OUI'

That e ac h o ne o f u s

of

OUI'

In mind that each day

P ea ce and L o v e B o b M urphy

A CHILD'S PRAYER

O h Go d I hope you make of . me,

The many things I'd like

And may you place within

to be,

me good,

The things I only wish you coul d ,

Keep me strong from day to day.

M a ke me see th~gs

in thy way,

B

l ess my hane an d friends so d e ar,

B

ri ng pe ace an d lov e t o each one here ,

And t ake ca r e of my mamnyan d d a d ,

The y'r e t h e be s t a f e l l er

ever ha d ,

G r a nt m e peac e

and lov e t o b es tow,

Help me in t h y s t r engt h

to g row,

Fo r y o u Ja10w my ev e ry ne ed ,

My e v e ry thoug h t an d every de ed,

~drllpolitan

 

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G

ran t m e h ope and l o v e and peac e ,

 

A

nd b ring

about the war t o c ease,

MI

SS I ON

 

I

th a nk you Lord for hearing me,

Fre sno

M is s i o n o f

 

A

nd li s tening to

my every ple a ,

L o s An g e les Chu r c h

Y

o u know what is

best I'm sur e ,

1362 " N " S treet

Fre s n o ,

Calif o r ni a

F o r you can help the world en du r e ,

So won't you listen onc e aga in ?

Deacon Ray C o o k , I nt erim

Past o r

An d giv e m e p ea ce and lov e , A m en.

· s

W hat i s Lo ve

? === =

"For Go d 80 'Love d th e w o r Zd that

He

g ave His onZ y be g o tt en So n. t ha t whosoever

b el . i eveth' in Hi m ehal - l. not pe rish . ha v e ev erlast i ng l i fe."

but

A s a child my m other of ten said to me,

" Bob , hCMmuc h d o yo u love

m e? "

I w ould

r ep l y with th e innocenc e of a c hild t I'Mern,

I l ove y ou m o re than t he w ho le worl d ," or

I w oul d say, "I cou ld fil l bus h el s ard

bus he ls of my l ove f or you ."

wer e simple ans we r s of a ch il d bu t sincere

Yes , t hese

an

d at the t im e ,

this is w ha t lo ve m eant

to

me. Ye s my b r o t hers a nd sist er s ,

Love

is such a small wor U, yet the m ea ni n g is

so beauti f ul. So man y songs ha v e b e e n

w r i t te n mov ies

each o f u s we m u st search an d t rue meaning t h a t f i t s us.

a b out th is wor d, so many p lay s and

have bee n b a se d on Love ,

b u t fo r

th e

fir r l

1 2t us

p ut asi de

the sexua l m eaning

o f l o ve and go into t he deeper me anin g o f

t h e w o rd. To m e love tCMardSan individu a l

is givi n g

D e dicat in g on esel f in making th i s indi v i d -

ual h a ppy for the rest of our lives t o - g ether . Lo ve i s that when this person is si c k a rrl w e a r e a t their side to h elp th ~

lDve is h a pp i nes s

p roblems creep u p . Wemust always bear in m in d that Love an d Prayer go hand in hand.

Love plays

each o t he r ' s fault s .

going smooth l y , t he love we have for eac h

o ther c a nes ea sy .

enter o ur li v es, then the real t est o f

of one self to this individu a l .

i n the hone, even w hen

an i mpo rtant role i n a c cepting

Whenall is well a rrl

But when little upsets

true

lo v e e n ters the picture .

As in d i v id -

uals ,

w e m u s t re member that each o f us

have

h i s g o od poin ts and bad points .

W h e n

two of us a r e jo i ned together ,

ei th er

i n

marriage , whic h is the highest esteem

o f

lo

v

e ,

o r we ar e

ju st living

tog e the r as

l ov

er s,

w e must r ealize

and accept the

the y

l i t tle o r l arg e . Wemust help ea c h o t h e r

to corre c t then

li v e s toge ther fall apart because of t h em. I f we always h ave God i n the cente r

f a ul ts

th at

each

of us

have ,

be

an d w e must never ' le t ou r

of our h ome and our lives,

wi ll never

the L o r d w i ll be wit h us. As we f ee d o ur

fe e d

b odie s daily, w e s hou ld each S unday

our s ouls t oge th er .

munion not onl y strengt hens o u r so ul s b ut

together

we

fai l .

No matter what h a p pens ,

Th e pa r ta k i n g o f C an-

seems t o m a ke our i nne r feeli n gs

so muc h

more h a ppy

problem s that a r i s e

and

he lps us t h n : >u gh the d u ring t h e w eek .

As a gay person, our lov e mu st b e

str ong . Wemust show patience

o ne w e l ove.

i n all w e d o

t h at i s t here will grow and grow.

pla n t it needs water and plant food to

to ward s t h e

Wemust let him o r h e r s h a r e

and by doing

this the

l ove Li k e a

grow. S o

that

too our love needs foo d , the food

I say to y o u my brothers

ca n only ccme fran Ou r D iv ine Lord,

In c l os in g

and sis ters

just a f our letter

o f M. C. C.,

1 ! s

Lov e may be

word, . b ut if we follow

in the f oots teps of Our Lord and have and

practice fail . wil l be

O ur L o r d w i ll never let us dow n , we are the o n es who let Him 00wn.

Love as He did,

w e wi ll

never

He

No,

Yes , as O ur Divi n e Lor d said ,

w it h u s till

the e nd of ti me .

To all o f you who a re

in

l ove my

pray er s a nd ho p e s are with yo u .

Also , be

sincere

and h o nest with you r lo ver

and

your lo ve wil l grow and g row and it will

l as t

wi th t he r i gh t attitude

wi ll g row a n d gr CMa s th e y ea r s pas s o n.

f o r al l

t h e . years to ca ne .

T he one

but

w i ll n o t g o ,

Love and Prayer s

Robert M~ Murphy

G\Y~ U$

YOUR NEWS

Repo rt from Miami

Pastor PauZ Brad WiZson

Dear Bill,

Your

M.C.C. Miami

recent letter

sounded

to

me that you may be a

little

down in

the dumps.

Did you think

that when

you

become

a Christian

that every

day

was going

to be

spent

on the

mountain tops?,We1', from my hill William

to use a phrase

background,

it

just taint

so~

All of us have prob-

lems,

all of us

falter

and fail;

yes, we even have doubts.

But that

is not the end of the world.

The New

Testament

p r o c l aims - the Love of God

that under-qirds

in that love He will

the va11evs

us

and if we trust

brina

us out of

to~

back to the mountain

Bill,

just hold fast,

trust

God and

let him lead you.

 
 

Till

next

time,

may

the Lord

Bless

you real good.

Your Pastor,

Brad

Next to the gospel 01 love the gospel 01 hope is per-

;

mists lor tomorrow, and we look lor bright skies , good .health, congenial work, true [riend» and a happy

=-Anon. ,

haps the most blessed story in lile. It makes us op t i-

[uuu«.

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Cfillmmunitt! aIqurdy

MIAMI

Mailing:

P. O. Box 5077

Miami, Florida

33101

Services:

7050 N. W. 4th Ave .

Miami, Florida

Rev. Brad Wilson,

Pastor

Sunday :

11:30 AM & 7: 30 PM

STONE AGE TRIBESM A N - An un c f(Jth e d

F

B

·utu re plane pr . eparlJ i ~ to tak e o f f at Wa me1ia - 1D

primitive .tribe s m an w a t ches a m i ssion a r y

·

r , g

h t ? t h e

,

the West- ' Irfan ' terr ito r y of New Gu h:tea; r be

a d v ent Of ' 8 i r& - sl( : .l o the t e gion IiI' PUlIIibag,

Stone A g e peop l e In to modern ' times In a gi ant leap. The Ind ones ian _go ve rn ment . is tr y.

to ' get

in g , s~e think with h a r mful eff ects,

t h e tribesmen to ' we a r clothes an d learn the

I ndonesian language .

"GIVE AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU"

The s tor y i s told o f a begga r who s at in front of the t e mpl e e a ch da y , begg i ng for alms ,

One da y h i s ki ng rode by. He alig hted

horse a n d wen t to the beggar , But inst e a d

i ng him a gi ft , he ask e d for on e fo r himsel f .

f r om h i s

of giv -

T he beg gar w as d isapp o inted,

king a kernel o f g rain.

but he g a ve his

When he lo oked

into his bowl, aft e r

the k ing

rod e

o ff, he dis covered

that where

t he

sm a l l

kernel

of g rain h a d been, there

w a s n ow a gold

coin .

Then h e crie d, "Oh , if only I had gi v en my king al l tha t I had! "

Good N e w s ' Today--

MC C- H AWAII

Although t he morning servic es at th e W ai k iki M inist ry h ave been canc e l led , t h e c hurch is i n c h arge of the c of feehou se e very M o r r layeveni ng, .and many of o ur pe 0-

 

ple

in th e

 

Much ha s h appened since we became a

d r op ping in .

Wa ik i ki area make a p oint of Ot her s who cane are us u al ly

c hart e red churc h , back on May 30. In early J un e , w e t o ok p art in the second annual

o p en - m inded and interested . Rev. H a nson i s

av ailabl e fo r c ounselling at t h e co ffe e-

C ra t er Celeb r ation, a

sort of

cross bet-

h ouse on t h os e e venings .

we en a fai r

and a rock

festival,

held each

Eve r y se cond Surrlay we h a ve a

p otl u c k

year in D iam ondHead Crater. We jqined var i ou s ccmm mit y groups (as well as many

din ner, whic h h as prove d q u it e popu lar, and als o t a ke i n memb er s an d friend s i f

individuals w i th things to sell or mess-

a n yo ne w i s hed to joi n a t that time. Ra p

ag

es to g ive) in h a ving a booth.

Ours was

ses sions a re held eve ry t hird We dnes d a y .

bu

ilt out o f bam booand tie - dyed sheets ,

The Iast; on e f eat ured a t al k by a C at holi c

and wa s v ery

colorful.

We distributed a

psy chia t rist , S i ster Ma r ia , who discu s s e d

f li er an d free water, which was very pop -

th e pro b le m o f loneliness and . relat i on-

u lar as the day

\ o I OI 'on.e There was 00

ships

b e t w e en p eople (Bo t h l ove

rela tion-

hostile re a cti o n w hatsoever, perhaps

due

shi ps

a n d fr i endships) .

She is a

pers on of

to the youth and li beral - mindedness of the

c rc:M:l. In July, w e had several innovative

s e rv i ces, in cl udi ng. one featuring songs by

a local .not a b le, and another based on

poetry by Ma lcolm Boyd and music by Simon and Garfunkel. These were v.ery successful . We also s t arted a JIDI "l 1ing service at the

Waikiki Mi n stry' s coffeehouse, but this f O l l l ' r lered d ue t o lack of a guitarist . 00 r youth p r ogrem, however, has been ' quite successful. Seve ra l teenagers take part in i t . Th ey hav e taken over our coffee bour- a fte r ch u rch, making it profitable for the f irst time s ince the church was founded, and have had a h ike, a weiner roast, and

other activities.

wo r ki ng on a project to raise money to pay for an elect ric typewriter for the church ,

At present the teens are

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HON OLULU

Se r vic e s: 25 00 Pali Highway H o nolulu, Hawaii

Mailing : 2 44 9 Ala Wai Blvd., # 5 Hono l u lu, Havaii

Re v. Ron Hanson,

Pa s to r

Sun d ay :

7:30 PM

gre at u n d e rst anding am canpa s sion, an d the talk was m ost re w arding. This mon th a doc tor w il l t alk about · , venerea l di sease am transs e x ua ls . An enchil a da d in ner wa s

held as a fund r ai si ng project i n Augus t ;

as sa ne times h a p pens,

it : produc e d mor e

" fun"

than "f unds, " thoug h not entir e l y

uns u cc e ss ful i n t he latter goal . M ab0r - t i ve p ledge c a mpaign went over w i th a d u ll thu d; we w ill try again in January, whe n hope fully t he e conomic situation i n Hawa ii will ha ve improved. ( We are :rea l ly f~ ling _ the dock s t r dk e , ) O ur f~ia1 situ ation

is not too b ad , h ow e ver; ever y t ime we seem ab out to go b ro k e, s ane t h ingha ppens, a n d s o far we hav e n e v e r gon e i nto t he r ed . The Un itarians, who se chu rch we rent, h ave been most g enerous in all ow ing u s to do

yard work , when there is sane to b e

done,

and g et a rebate o n t he r e nt . Rev . H a nson w r ote an a rt icle rec ently

that

zine widely d i stribut ed in t he carrnu nity.

He also appe ar ed on a l oc a l t elev ision

appe ared i n H onolulu , a local maga-

show , a nd on t he r a d io . W ehave had ' ma ny

response s to t hi s,

people c aning to c hurch,

will a lso b e spea kin g at hig h s choo ls t his

fall as h e d i d l ast ye ar. Wehav e w o r k- ed clos ely wi t h the local Suicid e a n d cri-

sis Cente r • . arid rope

ca n nun i ty gr ou p s in the ' f ut ure.

in t e r ms of etc.

l ett e r s, R e v. Han son

to work w i th other

Thi s has be en a lon g lett e r , a m I

vi sit in 'w e ' re

the Hallow e en par ty

hav en't even m enti oned the worrl er fu l

fr a n

Jim S and r ni r e of E a s t Bay ear ly

Sep temb e r,

, p.lan r ri n g . , o r many other thi n g s that have

happ ened. ' G od has b ee n g ood t o u s ,a m we hope to co nt i nue do i ng His w o r k in H awai i . L ove to a ll, C hri s tine Jones, Tre a s ure r

n o vember 2 2 , 1963

rain stea dily ech o s desp a i r

a nd now i w o nd e r how we intend to protect them all (they're arriving in droves!) when we can't protect e ven our own

th o s e damn ed m u ffled drums

God ! we could beg i n

th e s u re p rocess

o f world a n n i hilation

i f just o ne m ore oswald j u st one more

regardl ess of what they s aid (before)

i l o v e d him

hap p y b i rt h d ay littl e john-john

happy bir th d a y caroline happy b i r th da y

.

and y o u j f k are a special k ind of martyr for whom i pray there will be no purgatory

--Kim Stabin sk i

----------.~--------

"Yo u s h a ll n o t p ass th i s w a y again , Don' t p u t i t of f ' t ill tom o r r o w - or

so do any g o o d y ou can d o the Chance m a y be l ost f o r you ! "

'

STUDYING CHRISTIANITY AND THE FELLOWSHIP

.

.• The stu d y of a ny . ' sub j ect

it

. and it .

. By '- L e e r-n . i ng a b out i t,

B y u n de r standing i t,

w e h a ve t o h elp o t he r s .

is to learn we under - o ur own

And this

a b oirt

st

foundatio n is , ' " strengthened . An d the

stron g er o u r o w n foundation , t he more ab -

ility

posi ti ve qualit y can be an as s e t to a n yone, but it is most i mp o r tant to a minister ,

who should h ave

help others .

a s his main ob jec t i ve to

This F e ~l o w sh i p c a n h elp other s a nd

will help others t he m os t ne g ative value s y ste m that of this and othe r socie ti es

by chang i ng the has been a part for so long .

Its ne g at i v e bec a use th e h e tr ose xual . re-

jection of the homo sexua l h a s wa rped , rui n ed a n d d e s tro y e d m an y h o m ose xu al

l i ves fo r h u ndr eds o f y e ar s . The w aste of

productiv it y ,

and is a c r ying shame . There are so many

voices c ry ing frxm

"Dear God , hel p!" I k no wbecause I d . id s And

of peo p le

h as been i r ranence

the world ,

a l lover

so did a lot of my fr i ends

in their ~n

way . The Fellowship , with i t s divinely en- lightened understanding of t h e h o mosexuals

r elationship to God , can do a lot to

create a more pos i ti v e v a l u e

society . A system in which the hanosexual can FEELhe is an accepted canponent . This

w ill m a ke him more va l uab l e to his country

a nd his coun t ry

world to God .

s y s t e m in

to the

warLd, an d his

Bob De Santis

QIhrist Q1~aprl

~ ndr(1po 1 ih l lt

Cl Io mmltlti tlJ <l Iqurrq

CO S TA

MESA

M ailing: 223 2 Pacific A ven ue

C o sta M esa , C a lifornia

9 2 626

Services: 1,259 Vict o ria

Costa Mesa , California 92627

Street

Re v. R o d ge r Sunday :

Ha r r i s o n , P a s t or 7 :00 PM

To the one I love

Oh my dear,

love starts

in l i. t t le

con-

cei ved when we fir st shared o ur thoughts

in ch urc h one day w h en we were in need . I

w a y s.

I feel th at o u r love was fi r st

f e el

with the underst a ndin g of how we felt . Yes

the f irst time we

the S unday we went to ge t her f or t he f irst

time to M. C. C., a di ffer en t

wa s seeded.

f lesh,

l if e. Yes , my dear l ove

grows j ust like

o f a tre e .

with pain and patience,

ure s and b loans in t ime. Yes , t he pain and

trials and tribula ti o ns

yo o

p ray and hope that t he other individual

cane pains of joy

o r the p lanting

it did not

b e gi n

with a w o rd,

b u t

b u t

met was in a b ar ,

t y p e of love

No, it w as not t h e l ov e of th e

a love to m a ke you happy for

can es slowly and it

the conc ep t ion of a c h ild

It g r o w s slo w ly but yet it m a t -

t hat

develop be

f or yo u to fee l ;

but

w i ll feel the same a s time goes on . Whenthere is l ov e you need not f eel

a lon e, for you kn<:M in t ime of lone s ane-

n ess

your side.

yo u no matter wha t pr ob -

and to stick by

you have the one you

love to sta n d b y

t o yo u

He i s the r e . to list e n

l

ems may arise.

It is a love that is the r e

t

ill

death,

bo t h in the good times and in

t h e b a d time s .

Yes, T a n , love

is

a happy feeling

t hat s tay s

that is sincere,

t h e t i me, but

not

l ov e o f the

this

f rxm n o w u n til dea th .

t o mak e you h a ppy a n d achieve the goals

you de sire. Yes , I k now that in

deep down in my heart. It is

i n s i de of you.

It is a

lo v e

no t f r xm the outside all

but a sincere

Yes ,

the l ov e of the flesh,

i s t he

one and only for life.

l o ve

I wish to share with yo u

To give all

I have

the future

there will be har d times in achieving what

you w ant i n lif e ,

b y your side to help you achieve this goal.

Yo u are

I love

h op e and p ray t hat s a ne day we will beu n-

but remember I will be

for life ,

and I

the on e

it

ed tog e t h er,

t hat it will last till

the

de ar Lord abo ve c all s

one of us

to our

Y es to have true love

a nd true happines s w e must first have a

true love for G od . As He enters ou r

l ives our love w il l b e blessed and g r o w i n

e t ernal happiness.

daily

time and in hol i ne ss .

Wemust remember -

Wi t h out G od we ar e noth ing. vJi th Cod we are e verything . Wi t h h i m at our side our

tri a ls

us d own .

wi ll be sma ll fo r He will neve r let

Bob Murphy

B o b & Tam Murphy

P ray f 'on P ea ce

o chime for prayer,

R ing thro u g h the air

A n d c alm the rush of people

A whi s p e red word

I s H e av e n - hea r d,

Up l i fted like a s teepl e

o l e t t h em kn o w

A pray er c an s o w

The s e e d of peaceful liv ing. And in th is hour

M an ' s ' gr e a tes t p o wer

Goes forth in Chri s tly giving.

o chime f or p rayer

Rin g ever ywhere,

I n ev ery tow n and nati o n , Tha t LOVE may s tart In ev e ry he a rt WORLD PEA C E FOR

ALL C REA T ION!

-CONST ANCE

WALK E R

6RAFt:IT I

~dropoHtan

aIommunitu ClIqurdy

WASHI NG T ON D.C.

705

7t h St reet,

S . E .

Washingto n

D . C . 2 0003

Rev.

P au l Bre ton ,

P a stor

S u n day:

2 : 00 PM

I-----~·A CandidLook-- I

Where is your main focus directed? I asked myself that same question and I ask you to think on it and answer yourself

honestly. It would seem that,as I observe,

one half of the

world

is trying to brain-

. wash the other half intobelieving

that

sex is the JOOstimportant, the prime mover in everY'Tife, and if it isn t t , well you are really square. Look at the movies, plays, advertis- ing, books, newspapers and conversations going on around you anywhere and you will see what I mean. Try to buy a toothbrush without hearing an ad drunrned into your

brain about which toothbrush will surely

give you the sexiest set of choppers this whole earth ever clapped an eye on.

Strange,

isn't

it,

when the world

seems overwhelmedby such tremendous prob - lems that we are not certain whether we will be able to breathe in ten years with- out gas masks, that we are encouraged to be sexy at all costs, more than any other

thing. Did you ever \oX>nderwhy it was nec-

essary to

be so sexy? Well friends, I did.

I figured it was a good topic of thought,

seeing as no amount of toothpaste is going to make me any more kissable than I was in the first place t though I might smell better. In any case, I was considering what it meant to us as gay cannunity, this focus on sex. What it has done is side- track purposes and values that count for more to be sure. The gay communityitself has stressed the sex angle, as do many new organizat- ions that have cropped up. They have not earned a lot of respect over it by the looks of things. The men sneer at the w0 - men libers, who look down their noses at plenty themselves. The men start a liber'- ation front of their. own and I becane cur- ious as to whether either one knows what they want to be liberated frxm, Then there is Gay Lib which is feared by the krrow Straight Front because they worry about

what these people want liberty to 00. They

feel an uneasy threat :iJnage of sexuality

every hand by non-participants in gay life who knONingly expound the evils of gayness to all without a shred of insight into the real value of a human being or group of human beings who they easily dismiss with-

because of a false presented to them on

out a qualm to the bone yard, soul and all.

You rarely hear discussed the

accanp -

lishments, the art,

and work which .has been given to this

world behind the scenes by these self-same rejects. Why? Could it be that the focus too long has been on the wrong subject?

valuable and ' worthwhile pe0 -

ple

the hindmost position by the pressures of

fear and have been led to believe they are less than human because of their sexual preference? Whether that person is overt or not, the threat is there. It blackmails

us into

Howmany very

the beauty, the help

have been overlooked and made to take

being

less than

we can be.

It

causes us to focus and defend what needs no defence, that we are here and kicking.

Soon this old

globe will feel

the

earthquake of a gay awakening. I would

like to think its purpose is more than

sexual. I believe that a Christ centered

gay life in

the focus to worthwhile things like love, peace, canpas s ion , understanding and our real worth as human beings, not just a laughable handful of dizzy queens and dykes who like to be exhibited to a "sup - erior" straight world. We too are a part of this warLd and not the minority in n~- bers that sane suppose, although our JIIl . l1- ori ty lies in the organization and power of a million voices raised as one, for we

have not arrived there yet, but it's

the city of Denver can change

grON-

ing.

rise with the strength and all the accx:m - plishments on hand that Camnunity implies.

lies

I

would like to see the gay people

in

prayer,

hard

Our strength

work and organization in dedication to a better image that is superior in qua1i~, far reaching in accanplishment, and . an lJIl-

age with a worthy purpo~e which surpass:s sexuality as a focal poarrt, To better thJ . S world, to give it strength, to work.for peace with all our hearts -- these thll1gs are truly worth focusing upon for all man- kind. It's the Jesus thing to do.

by Jane Vasbinder

Reprinted fran The CATALY~

R : eportf ro m Denve r

Friends;

G r eetin g s Plai n s! It hard ly

ti m e this r eaches yo u Todd a n d I will have

been in De n v e r s ix months. Yes , just six

month s ag o -

fram the Queen Cit y of the

s e e ms possible ,

but by t h e

aft e r we were positive the

Lord wa s l eadi n g u s - we arrived in Denver

a s the firs t "m i ssionaries" sent out by the Fellcw s h ip. Howw ell we r e m ember the many send -

offs we re c e ived fram our man y frie n ds .

H owwell we re member the anxiety whi ch

c o npassed us bo th.· PI~ vivid · is ,?ur re -

c ollectioI) r esponsibilit y

en -

of the t re mendous fee~mg of

w hich-~ · hgd. Arespo n sib -

il i ty to w ard G Od,

Fellooship, t o .the l oc a l gtOup of belie v -

e r s a n d to Our c c :mmmt iy as a w hole . O u r an xd e ' ty ha s be en le ssened b u t our feel in gs of responsib i l i t y ha v e increa~ed; fqr we

knCM that w e hav e

to

o ur sel ve~ , ·

to t he

o n ly · . nOw begun to

s s urro unds SO man y in o ur

c ratch

th e su rf ace o f the facadewhich

cam\Ul1ity •

.

But, a s He premi sed, our · lDrdwas - and continu e s to be - faithful to us. We

have seen our " b ab y", M CC - Denver,advance

frxm just a hand f u l in a missi o n grou p ,

congregati on withi n the Fellowship with fifty vary a ctiv e members and an average S unday atten dance of eighty.

of faithful beJ , ievers

to a fully

chartered

With t he Lor d's help,

we have seen

our church newspa per THECATflLYST,grow frem a hand ful o f copies printed monthly, to a ful1- b lC Mn six teen page publication which now covers t he Rocky Mountain area twice mont hly. An d , it is canpletel y self- supporting •

Most import ant 1y , however, we have seen the Spirit of th e Living God move with i n an d i nto the lives of many, many

people with in our

no r espect e r o f p ersons - and how fortun-

ate f o r us. He

hea r d His v o i ce . M an yof the same people who laughe d at us an d our miss i on just six

shor t month s ago, have now given witness to a pers o n al encou nter with the humble Carpenter f ' rxm Na z aret h . Wehav e seen o u r local · congregatio n became more fully integ r eated into the ~

ve r sal Fel1CM ship a nd therefore involved

c a rmunity • God is truly

h as s p oken, and many have

J"'."

::~r.;

/

lBehold, I stand at the door and kno$.·

Gen eral Con ference of NC C . Also, b y bene-

f i: ti rig f rem · · the ministry

G r a ce (OaK land, Oa : U . fOrIrlaMCC),and Pas-

t Or P aul B r e t o n (W~~6n, D . C. MCC).We ha v e enjoyed the fellowS h ip of Jack Baker and Warren B lumenf el d of the Natiopal Stu-

de n t Ass ccd a t i i on"5 Gay Desk. We look f~ war d wi the a g ~ss to the Rev. Alice Nau-

mcff ' a rid o ur

N ovemb e r12 , 1 ~, and 14 ~ 1971 .

of .Pastor ' Bo b

S pi r itual R enewal C o nference, '

'

.

. We have experienced. the joy of having

p ast o r- s of ins ti tutiQi1alchurches contact

u s an d as k

"W h at can we do to help . MCC?"

We fondly reca l l f ell OWsh i p w i th Lut h era n,

Metho d is t, Episco pa li an, Baptist ,Unitari a n and Uni versalis t mini ste rs. And, we grea t - ly app rec i ate the hel p which they hav e given u s. Oh , s o much t o r e memb er. The colle ge campus appe arances. The r e ligious semin a r s in which w e have p a r t ici pated. The news- paper in t e rviews . T he wo n derful privile ge of being a rep r esen t ativ e of the Kin g o f Kings . We r e mem b er , yes -- b ut we also look for w ard . We k n ow the Lord has so much more in store fo r us in D enver. Our own buil d - ing i s w ithin easy gra sp . Our personal -

prima ry r e sp onsibility

to p r ocla im t h e unsearcha b le r i ches of the gospel o f Ch r is t. Pas tor Da rst, Todd and I have recarm- itted o u r se lv es to . the mission and th e

~ n do u s

ser vi ces act iv i ty

is ex p anding

but our

remains th e same:

pr ivile ge

. . tne ' K in gdon of God

which is ours within

and Metropolitan Can m -

un i ty Ch urch , We shall o vercone l

In C hrist i a n L o ve,

more broadl y in

our total

mission ,

by

( Re v~) Ron Carnes

being activ e partic ipants

in the

Second

Pas tor

16

20m the· Y1lnit-----

.

J'~~,-

by :

William R. Johnson, B.A., MOt Viv.

Introduction by Rev. Pel'l'Y:I want to

introduce

services a young man

as a speaker

far our worship

toho not long ago lJaS

mentioned in NelJ8lJeekmagazine for some- thing that had happened to him. Bill

taho has studied

of

Christ.

Religion and lJas the first homosexual to

BilL attended Pacific School of

ever graduate from a school of theology as an admi:titied . hanoeesua l, During his time in

that he

that

lJas gay and that he was a Christian;

it didn't change anything at all about his

He lJent to the school and

school he came to a realization

Johnson

is a young man

< for the ministry of the United Church

Christianity.

let them know that he lJaS gay and that he lJas proud , that he taaen+t: afraid a n ym or e '- NOlJ he is asking for ordination from the United Church of Christ. We are waiting to see iahat:win happen. Without any further ado I want to introduce our speaker l Bill Johnson. Let's give him a great big M.C.C. lJelcome.

ion

I w an t to than k Troy

to speak thi s morning .

for the i n v i tat-

So m uc h has

been happening in

my life

that its

bee n

e ternal life.

It was not to judge

t he

wor-Ldthat God sent His Son into the ~ rld ,

but that through Him the world might be

s aved.

The man who puts his faith in Hi m

d oes not cane under judgement, but the u n-

be liever has already

he has not given his allegi a nce to God' s

o nl y Son. Here lies the

has cane into the world, but men prefer

d arkness to light because their deeds were

evil. Bad men all hate the light and avoi d

it for fear their practices up. The honest man canes

s o

seen that God is in

all that he does." One of the real regrets

in my life is that I have never read t he book "Through the Looking Glass" by le w i s CaI " ru11. I've been wanting to read it e ver

several years ago I came acros s a

that it may be clearly

been judg e d in that

test. The light

shall be shown

to the light

that I hav e

since

quotation from that book which has meant a great deal to me. The quotation is part o f the conversation between Alice and the

Queen.

morning. "I can't believe that, "said Alic e .

I want to

share it with · you th is

"You can't,"

said the Queen in a pityin g

quite ·a long time since I've stood i n t he pulpit and had the opportunity to speak t o

a congregation of Christian people . I ' d like to ask you to stand w it h m e

"Try again, draw a long breath and

shut your eyes." Alice laughed. "It' s no use trying," she said, "one can't be l i eve i mpossible things. "I dare S?y you

to

n e .

as I read sane ~rds of scripture . T he

haven't had much practice, "

said

th e

words of Jesus as recorded by the Gos p e l

Q

uee n . "vJhenI was your a g e, I alway s

d id

writer John: "God loved the ~rld so much

i t fo r half an hour a day.

Whysa n e ti m

es

that He gave his only Son that eve r yone

I 'v e b elieved in as m any as six impos s i ble

who has faith in Him may not die,

~drU p lllitan

(fiommunitu

MISSION

Fresno

Mission of

Los Angeles Church

1 362 "N" Street

F r esno ,

California

but ha v e

QI4urr4

Deacon Ray Cook, Interim Pas t or

th

i ng s before breadfas t ."

Wh e nI was in high school an9 COll ege

I u s ed to dream of a day when ·~~'1 . co uld op enly be who I am i n every dimension o f

my personhood, i n cluding my sexual self. I

mu s t confess

felt it would be an impossible thing for me to take the risks involved affinm ing my self and seeking to live a life of h on-

e s ty and openness. B ut here I am toda y to

tell you that impo s sible things do h a p pen .

Wecan believe impossible things.

me tell you briefly how the impossi ble happened to me. I d e cIded to s tudv for the Chr is t ian

r nini s try when I was Ii years old. A t t h a t

re a ltively young age I h a d scmehowcane to

u n de rstand that the true meaning. of l ife

to you that in those da ys

I

And let

i s related

o ther humanbeings and I thoug h t that f or

to

to the

giv i ng of ones e lf

L

By steps t aken o n e a t a tim e,

Not

B

if e is meas u r e d

b y inch e s ,

by the h e i g ht o f the p e ak w e see k ,

ut eac h litt le r i s e w e c limb .

Th e spa n of o u r li f e i s m e asur e d

Mi

We l iv e i n a ve r y s m a ll wo r l d o f o ur o wn

In a vas t uni ve r se

nut e by m i nut e -

n o t ye a r s;

o f sp h e r es.

Yes, life is m e asured

But in c h e s c an add u p to fa r ;

A l ight - y e a r is onl y i n c h es away -

We can i n ch our w ay up t o a s t ar !

b y in c h es,

He l en Lo wr i e M arshall

STR ANGE DOINGS in staid St . Peter's Square, b ut no surprise to P o pe P aul VI who o bs e rved the performance of Samoan dance rs from the window of h i s V attea. apar t me nt , upp e r r ight. The visiting trou} ) e , in traditional costume, also attellcltll mass and was persODaUf received by the POlltitf •.

the Pu~it----"~con-tin-ued--

me t h e o rd ained Ch r ist i an m i r i i . st ry v x :> uld

be a canforta bl e wa y of se r vi n g .

I had a

~ot o f growi ng up to do . Through t he e x pe r -

a e nce s of my c o ll ege and semina r y y e ar s , I

l ea r ned

ca n f o rtabl e mi n i stry.

fortab l e

pr o b abi l i t y not

g r ew to real i z e

that there is no such thin g

a s a

Those w ho are co r n -

in the s ervice of men are in all

serving GOOvery wel l .

I

that the quality of a per -

••

lS dlrectly related to th e

.

• •

s o n S rnln l Stry

t

qu a l it y o f hu manrelationships

shared

b v

the m ini s t e r and those persons he seeks

t o

cha n ge .

I f we are going to be minis t e r s

~

we are all ca lled

to

the minis try b y

V

l r tu e

of our d i scipleship

to Christ our

Lo r d, An d

we be r ea l as Christ himself wa s ~ to those he soug h t to m i nister unto .

. I becam e abso l utel y . and unequiv o c a l I v

co n vinced that t he S p iri tud . l reali t v o f

God reve a l ed t o u s in and throu g h t he - per -

k no w that lif e that

t he re i s a

is

SP lrlt v x :> r kmga n my life . The H o l y Spi r it

do es its m o st ef fe ctiv e work w he n eve r t w o

o r

one

e x per-Ienced th is H o ly

it is absolutely necessary t ha t

so nhoo d of Jesu s of N azareth. I

. h cl . y ,

spiritu al

~ h a ,: e

m o r e pe r s o ns

reali tv

in

ar e

relctin g

to

another w it h honesty , trust

c arin g .

want to experl e n ce

H ol y Spi r i t in your l i fe

vol v ed with other people . In t he se c u r i ty

and genuine

T h a t ~s s i mp l y to say t h at i f y ou

t h e presence o f

the

you mus t ge t i n-

of

yo u r roam or w it hin t he ce ll

of v our

~B

-

ow n e go,

yo u will never e x per i ence th e

pre s e nce

of the Holy Spi ri t .

You might

thi n k

t h at it is there ,

but sensing ~d

e x pe r ie n ci n g are two different

things .

To

experience t he living, dyn a mic activit y

o f

the H o ly S p irit in your life, you mu s t b e

in a r e lati onsh ip wi t h another humanb e i ng .

Yo u m u st be i n

hone s t y, tru s t an d c ar i ng. Does it se em t o you like a n impossib l e thing to deve l op,

s uc h re la tionsh i ps ? D oes it seem li k e ~ im pos s i b le thing to be able to exper-Ience

i n you r v e ry ow n l ife the ultimate,

nal r eality of G o d ' s S pritual pres e nce?

R ememb erAlice .

D u ring t he p ast few years I have ¢are t< :>unde r s t a n d that there is no meaning : {n Li . f e ap a rt f ran risk. And any lumen being who ha s. a ttempted to relate ori more than a superf ici a l level to another humanbein g knows t h at risk taken is a part of lifa. It is hard to take the risks involved ~

being hon e st with o ne a n o th er. It to a s s e rt our right to be w ho we

r e l a tionship · with one ano t her .

mos t p e ople find it impossible to t ak e

s i gn if ic ant riSKS because they are st i ll s truggling with the necessi t y of being who

th e y are in r elati o nship to their own

a re l ationship

of mutua l

et e r - : ' "

is h ard are in You k nC M

s elves . And this is the first step as only

w h en we understand our own selves and are

a ble t o r e l at e significantly to another

e · e · e Fromthe Pulpit--

human being. The struggle to embrace our

selves is the most difficult struggle of life and it is difficult for all persons. It is not an easy thing for any of us to stand naked before the mir-ror- of our own selves and embrace the person that we are, complete with our short earnings and abil- ities, our hopes and our fears. It is not an easy thing and it mi~ht even seen to you an impossible thing. I struggled for many years with the

There was no times I ran

avJayfrxm the encounter I was having with

myself.

I

I was told more than once that I

fact of my own

identity.

small amount of pain and many

could not be gay and be a minister.

spent much time and money on psychotherapy, attempting to change, kn(.Ming all the

while that I did not really want to change.

Frxm the age of

course to the Christian ministry through college and two years of seminary and then

during the summer of 1970, a little over a

embraced

the image in the mirror of my own self. I

was able to do that because of two real-

came to realize

that I had allewed many people, through the years, to fully knew me as I am, in

And

everyone of those people ··hadrernained in

relationship with me. It became apparent that my inability to accept their accept-

ance of me grew out of the fact that I was

The

fact of the matter was that I had to em- brace myself before I was able to embrace th~ and accept the embrace they offered

tc i " : le.

The second reality of my life was

every dimension of my personhood.

seventeen, I pursued my

year ago, I leaned forward and

ities of my life.

I had

still unable to accept my

own self.

this: I had confidence that even while I was having difficulty loving myse.lf, God's love for me was constant. It remained for

me only to let go of my self concern and

my very presumptuous self sufficiency and

say yes to the pilgramage of faith. Let me tell you, you can believe with all your heart the words that Jesus said, "God

r

loves this world

so much

that He gave His

z only Son, that everyone who has faith in Him may not die, but have eternal life." Many people spend their entire lives oorrying about life after d!ath and never really experience life after birth. But I'm going to tell you that I've been alive now for almost a year. Last November 11th, a meeting of the student bodies and facul-

" J think

it ' s ab o ut

tim e th ese g1l y s got

a t hr ee -d ay p ass, Se rg e ant!"

~.etropoIitan

aIommunit~ aIlyurrly

MISSION

New Orleans,

Mailing:

Mission of San Diego

P. O . Box 50081

New Orleans,

La. 70150

Services :

604 Ibervi11e Street

New Orleans,

La. 70130

Rev. David E. Solomon, Missionary

~.etropolitan

(!lommunit~ aIqurrly

MISSION

Milwaukee Mission of Chicago Church

Prince of Peach Parish

Services:

2024 West Highland Ave.

Milwaukee,

Wisconsin 53233

Mailing: 1114 North 21st Street

Rev.

Milwaukee,

Wisconsin

53233

Paul W. Sydman ,

Pastor

19

Dr. Lamb

Suicide thougl1ts no t uni que

By LIl - rence L amb - , M.D.

Dewr Dr. , Lamb ~ . ' Please help me . i I d on 't un dersta n d

of

piRs, ,bUt I . ~ldn ' . t .

earth.~vetyone was : wt: ' her to r · some rea s on, bu t I don t

b8 . ve one. I'm Ifl, .still shy . I d i sH ke .pe o pl e : ~ d, at t he presen ¢ , ' I'm : very as h amed ~m ysel!f fo~ gal ru . ~ g bac k ~

I g e tphy s rcal l y S i ck . I do n t c raz y. ' 1hate my s eJlf bec ause of

knoW' why,bu t i t's d ri vi l ilg me

it lba i te ,to' li ate m:yseU,but Wh en I l o st 4!ha.t2 0 pounds ~was

never i SO ' proud . of ; myselfi . n my e ntire lilf e . Th ~ was pnde t o

po,unds ~One month. I ea t u n t il

what ' s . wro~. I ~ed ~ ~ kiI IImyse l 1 fItnday wi i th .an ov~ dose

I don't u nderst and w t y I was p ut o,n

l ive on. Now1llhere's no !Prid e ud I want to dies so b a d ly.

11he' , main ~son

~tt~ts';rs ~

my

thai /: I can 't go I t : h~

wi th m y sw. , c i de

I dOn't want to ~ . anyone

(esp e cially

m y problems to . m y moth er

mmi l y) . I 've triej t o e~in

buot she }ust la iu gh s and s ays ~t [ dQri't fuwe an y pr ob l ems .

and I don 't want t o l i ve, . but I ' m scare d. to

. you fo r b emg

th~ , J t ~ a .person ' someone . to talk to.

ne a r ' R ' aader - I hope you 8II ' ef e e l ing bet lt et now . ·:rhe b est I qlaild 1IhInkof to help y ou was to . have ~ New . York

SulCdde ' Prevention center Wormed of y o u r prob le m a nd

_g

I hate , ~ . die. l Pt~belp

me. I'm so m i sera ble. ~

From th'e Pulpit

ties of the nine theological seminaries in

Ber~y was called to discuss the issue of HanosexualitV in .the church. It had been only five months since I had been able to say yes to my own self and recarmi t myself to letting God direct the course of my life. And as I sat listening to the debate that evening, it became increasingly clear

to

to me

I stood

there among four hundred people and made

I

had cane to the light and I had done what

Since

a statement of faith and affinnation.

vulnerable to human rejection.

of making myself totally

that the time had come for me

take the risk

seemed to me an impossible thing.

last November an unsuccessful attempt was made to expel me fran the seminary. My

the United

in the

request

for orddnat ion

in

Church of Christ remains pending

Northern California Conference of the

United Church. I have found an overwelm-

ing support for my

ordination request

the

Corrrnunity United Church of San Carlos, California. I have also experienced oppos- ition. I endured a 4 to 3 negative vote by the Northern California Conference Church and mirri.s'trycarunittee , which has the

function of recommending or failing to

among the people of my local church,

bope ~,COUld a n ra nge f or someo ne ne a r y o ur bo m e tOget in IImJdh ~ th : y oo.

M any y ~Wlg pe o p l e do h ave e m otionalPfOb~H ea l tJJ

.I~ ~ .j

a d iff icu lt ~ r l 1e , esta bt i $i n g l i fe values and' gOals.You ' ~ not uniqu e in h aving d tmcul ty . Almost ev e r y on e has bad temporary tbouglits·ofsulCfde~. It

it Is an y t h in g more than a ~mporary' . th()light .Iuch a ~~~n

should ta lk ov er th e p roblem . , ~

authorities ' atcol ileges and univer s ities willl~~

qu t

.

hiS 4Oetor. , ~~

. ~

w U L b e necessa r y to see a phySchiatrist- .to,::4Iscuss

~

I

pro b lems, to r e s ol ve the in ne r conflicts that !lave led t6 so

muCh unlla ppine ss .

,

.

For people w ho are f o r t u nate . en()Ugh ,to .1iVe,.tn,aIocaIlW

where a suici d e p rev e nt io n c e n te r isac t sive, ' he~ ~ ·ue

gotten JD periods · o f severe

ha V e one , it .wln be l ist ed i n your te~

centers have s ave d ~ l ot of lives and ' , · hdped ,· iDjtn y ' P!oPle

tliroughso m e rough spo t s . ,

str e s s by calling_

center. If ~ 'dfnctory. ~

OVereating to t he ~

your d e scribe is often part oNhe

picture of emo tiona l . di $t~.

No one shouldlgnoreanotherpersoti's

to g e t he l p.

"cry for,heJp'J<".e.t

be t a l ks a} ) Qut , h is de a t h wish , or s u ICide . It is tlm.·tcWlatM

and tott y

recorranendcandidates for - ordination. With the support of my local church we have appealed the request,. in spite of this negative vote of expedience. My request is currently under the jurisdiction of the GOlden Gate Association of Northern Calif- orni~,which has the final author-i'ty to

ordain.

Mateo, San Francisco and Marin .,.Cou.itties•

Last June a task force was established within the Association to develop an ed- ucational program concerning orddnat.ion

and hanosexuali ty • The program has been developed and is currently being imple-

mented.

The Association includes' San

that through this

educational experience clergy ,and lay

It is our hope

people of our ahurches in the Golden Gat~

Association will grow

being able to win me .an affirmative vote,

that my request for oroination be granted.

The final vote on the matter

should cane

to the point of

FUNNY BUSINESS

By R*r Botl.

.

,"

. From the Pu/pi f --

in late winter or early spring of next

year. If the vote is negative, I assure

you I will appeal and In the meantime

I shall continue to

participate in the developement of same new ministries in Southern california. Last March I accepted a call by the South- ern california Conference of the United Church of Christ and I have been in that position since July. The call came to me from a commission of this Conference which

and ordained church

to say lay and

people.

ordained'Christians who call me with-the

it is to

their credit that they considered the fact of my sexual orientation an asset rather

res~t

my request.

is made up of lay

I really want

full knowledge that I am gay and

lationship with God and our fellow man.The

candle that puts

warmth and light in the darkness of the roan. The dark roans of our lives need to be illuminated" and we can give light and

warmth to one anotner-,even ,as we give of the eternal light which God gives to us. I know that to live in the light is at once

a terrible and joyful thing,for it evolves

light of God is like a

taking the risk of being who we really are. I've taken a risk that I knew I had to

take. I do not know the outcome of this

venture of faith, but I do know that today

I live with the"joy that is unconquerable.

.A. joy that cannot be ccrnpared with any- thing I have ever known in my life. And I am confident that in faith, impossible

things can be believed and through it all

I have learned one important lesson. I

than a liability.

Perhaps they

have

have learned that in life the imoortant

grasped

the meaning of the words

that

thing is not what happens to a man,in life

were wri tten by Thomas Murphy, words which mean a lot to me. "Into this World, this demented inn, in which there is abso- lutely no roam for Him at all, Christ comes uninvited. But because He cannot be at hane in it, because He is out of place in itand yet He must be in it, His place

is with those for whan

there is no roam.

His place is with those who do not belong,

who are rejected by power because they are

regarded as weak.

ited, who are denied the status of person, who are tortured, banbed and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world. He is mysteriously present in all those for whan there seems to be nothing, but the world

Those who are discred-

at its worst. It is in these that he hides himself, for whan there is no roon;"

: :

courageous, L'm do and it is by

the grace of God alone that I have the

to walk on this

simply doing what I must

strength from day to day

Do

not think me

pathway of faith. We do not find faith until we know what it is to take a risk. Faith is moving toward God and man without fully .understanding either. To spend a lifetime trying to intelectually under- stand God and man is foolishness. We must

pull off our masks, stop our game playing, drop . our defences and pretenses and be- cane vunerable. \oJe all need one another, for the joining of life is meant to be shared. There is much darkness an sane of our lives, but constant in that darkness ",

is the light to which God calls us.

light of the truth .about who we are"'m re-

The

the important thing is what ; with what happens to him.

a man does

Poling In de·fense

By Rev. David Poling

Som e people in . i jjhjs country have a l ways c o n s id e r ed th e Ch r i stian Qh u roh 10 be , an Americ a n fran c hi s e, op e ra te d m mt

s om ew he re in the midwest, wil l h p articular i n ter est t o

Pr otesta nt rieeds.TIlis narrow view has not preva i led among

the w or l d Christ i an bodies and the' ecumen i cal age b as co ntinue d to unf o ld w i thch a l l ertge and belt - ement.

The bi~est onganization 00 'W\hichmost l W()IIidChri s t ia n ' bodies be l ong Is, natural l ly, the World Co\mcll Of Churohes

wi t h .headquatWrS m Geneva , Switzerl1lil . d.

SpeCial att entlonhas been given l ately todle 1'hiTd Wo r ld

and the a s pirations

str u ggle for . di ' gn ity aDd jUstk e. R a cism i s the enemy an d the

Wo rld Counoil. fia s poured several hundreds of thousan d s o f

d ol lars into a ssista n c e 00 suffer i n g minorities. Th e Wor l d Ceuncllhas given special priority to the ' Vic t i ms of ra c i al c o nflict in Mozaml bique and to some ,19 o t l her Af .r i ca n g ro u ps ~eekiIlig justice and a s sertion of human I ligh t s.

of underdevel oped peop l es in d tei r

Sh a 1f' criticism has b een leveled at the Council ! b y a n

asks in h e 8d line

ar tic le in the "Reader's Digest"whi~

p

.

a

At first .gian~1I he i Digest rp i ece seems da mn i n g and

bs ol u te. The , individua[ who depends on Uror

h is t otal

hr a s es, "Must Our Churches Finance Revolution?"

a

o

ware n e s s of ecumenical affa i rs is ~ing to feel either an g t ' l y

r terrified , The main point is tlbis: Th e . Wodd Council, (w h ich is

a rtWli s u pported by a grant ~ , · Queen Julia n a of ' the

p

N

relief, medica l care

S ome of this . we nt to : revolutionaries who ! have escaped fr om

h e oppressi on d ong a g o governing theaMairsof South Af rica

t

e tiler:lands, not known as . a fiery 5Ouhister) gave fund s f or

and housing of victirrts ofStrifedn M r i ca.

a

nd P ortuguese A frica. Other beneficiaries are .the

r

ev Olutionilries ' wives and children and O1 1 phans of s u ch

in

t ernal conf l icts. The : Council is be i ng raked for its c oncern

fo

r men and womeristl'Uglg ling fo r ju s tice and . humani ty.

21

An Ordi nation

Written to fulfi 1.Z re quirements for ordination in the Unit ed ChUI'chof Chris t by wiZliam Reagan Johns on. B . A ., M. ot»,

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acti vi ties of the church which has been charged with the responsibility of proc- laiming and personifying that Gospel.

When I returned

to H:>uston fran

Before his death i n Ju ly,

1968, my

Atlanta, my relatives and. friends knew

Father was a safety eng i nee r at the Cam- eron Iron Works in Housto n. My Mother is a hone-maker and profess i o nal seamst r ess. We were a family of five. I have two brother s:

that I had experienced sanething at the National Youth FoI'Um that h a d changed my life. Disdain at my invol v ement with Black youth through the Chris t i a n Yo u th Council

Cluck - , three years m y senior,

and Wayne,

membersof

was but an expression of a de ep er anger

my fraternal twi n. Wew e re all

tha t my relatives at First Evangelical

the First Evangelical Ch urch of Houston,a

Church expressed to me • •• a n ger t hat I

conservative , st a t u s - quo conscio us c o ngre-

would so o p enly challenge their belief in

gation that was rel a ted to t h e

United

seg r egati o n and discrim i nation against

Church of Christ. I gr ew up

in the churc h

Black pe rs ons. I n:memberedthe words of

and believed, with

certa in

naivete,

th e

fundamentals of the Christ i a n f aith I w as taught in church school and confirma t io n. When I was a senior i n high school . , I served as President of our- l oca l You th Fellowship, Vice-Presid ent of the Yout h Cabinet of the South Cent ral Conference of the United Church of Christ, and Pres ident . of the Christian Youth Co uncil of Houst on,

the Youth Division of the As s ociation of

Churches of Greater

volvement with the inter - d e n aninat ional, inter - racial Christian Youth C ouncil that caused me to begin the growth frxm na ivete td urxierstarrling concerning th e Go spe l and

Mission of the church in cont emporary l ife. My open association withB1 ack youth i n Houston was frowned upon in my hane c hu rch. My advocacy of civil rights fo r minor ities and of integrc;,.tion in church and sch ool was not warmly received. During the stm ner

before my senior year

attended the National Youth F orum of t he United Church of Christ in A tlant a . The

theme of the FoI'Um, ' ' The R i ght s o f Ma n",